Reformation & Modern Christianity

Michael H. Windsor

3 Credit Hours 

Reformation and Modern Christianity surveys the history of Christianity from the Reformation era to the present.  Major epochs that will be covered are: 1) the Protestant Reformation, including the reform movements of Luther, Calvin, the English Puritans, and the Anabaptists; 2) the development of the major denominations, including Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Congregationalists, Anglicans, Mennonites, and Baptists; 3) the development of American Christianity, including Colonial Puritans and the era of revivalism; and 4) the Fundamentalist-Modernist Conflict of the 20th century.

It is expected that the course will cause the student to extend knowledge of church history, think through the ecclesiastical and doctrinal developments of the church, and make contemporary applications to make contemporary applications to potential ministry situations of historical information.

Dr. Michael Windsor serves as the Professor of Church History and the Director of Library Services at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. He is a member of the original VBTS faculty and has served at the seminary since its first classes in 1996. Before coming to VBTS, Dr. Windsor ministered for 16 years as a pastor in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Dr. Windsor earned his academic degrees at University of Wisconsin-River Falls (BA, MA), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (MLIS), and Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis (MDiv, ThM, ThD). Read more....

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5 points per page – Research Papers
Up to 10 points per critique – Book Critiques (2)
1 point for every fifty pages (up to 20 points) – Reading Report 

Summer 2023 Note: In addition to the book below, students will be required to read one book from the recommended collateral reading (see course syllabus) as well as elective reading.